What Is It? In this British made series, a secret agent abruptly resigns from his position but is abducted and taken to a place known as “the Village”, which is designed to contain and get information from people who “know too much”.
Starring: Patrick McGoohan, Angelo Muscat, Peter Swanwick, Leo McKern
The Skinny: This series was a follow-up of sorts to McGoohan’s Secret Agent (known as Danger Man in the U.K) though it was never established that Number 6 was definitely John Drake from the spy series. Still it was very much in the same vein, though much darker with its dystopian and Orwellian themes. McGoohan used the prisoner to address political and social issues primarily surrounding the basic conflict of the individual vs. society and/or the state. It was pretty heady stuff for its day and surprisingly still seems quite relevant today. The series only has seventeen episodes because McGoohan did not want to drag this one out for multiple years. And the finale has become infamous as one of the most confounding, WTF episodes ever produced for a television series. But this one is definitely a must-watch for sci fi fans and anybody who likes intelligent and engaging television. You can read more about The Prisoner at this link.
Amazon’s Prime Video has the entire series available for streaming if you are a member of Amazon Prime. They also have all four seasons of Secret Agent available for streaming. That show is not as essential as The Prisoner, but worth a look for some good spy-show fun.